TEXT: Revelation 22:10-13
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
— PRAYER —
The Free State of Glory (Part 39) — The Reward of Believers: 5 Heavenly Crowns, Part 6
Today, we are going to continue looking at the five “crowns” spoken of in Scripture as rewards for believers. The first crown is the “imperishable crown” which is given to those who give their all in service to Christ; the second crown is the “crown of rejoicing” which is received by those who win souls for Christ and help disciple new believers; and the third crown is “the crown of righteousness” which is given to those who finish their course well on this earth and who look for and love the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The fourth crown is the “crown of glory,” which Peter writes about in his first epistle. First Peter 5:4 says, “When the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” In this passage, Peter is talking to elders or shepherds in the church, those who are over other believers. He says, “The elders which are among you I exhort, Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.”
Commentators have pointed out that the “crown of glory” is not for elders or pastors only, but they do have a special calling to care for God’s sheep by following the example of the Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ. Chuck Swindoll writes, “With regard to the role of leaders in the church, Peter has pointed out two effective principles: pride of position must be absent, and the heart of a shepherd must be present. He then illustrated the shepherd’s heart with three essential attitudes: willingness, eagerness, and meekness. Granted, shepherding the flock of God can involve hard work. This is why Peter ends his address to the elder-pastors of the churches with a reminder of their eternal reward. If Christ’s shepherds faithfully discharge their duties with the proper attitudes, they will receive ‘the unfading crown of glory’ from Christ at His return. As the ‘Chief Shepherd,’ Jesus serves as the model of how His earthly shepherds are to serve. As such, Christ Himself is the perfect model of ministry.”
In this day and time, we have too many pastors/elders who are seeking “glory” in this present world. Instead of feeding the flock of God, they are feeding their own egos. Instead of serving with a ready or eager mind, they are doing it for money or filthy lucre. Instead of being humble examples to God’s flock, they see themselves as “lords” over the people. Because of their selfish and self-serving behavior, some elders may receive temporary crowns on earth, but they will not receive the “crown of glory which fadeth not away.” Only those who share in the suffering and service of Christ here on earth will be able to enjoy the glory of Christ in Heaven.
If you are not a believer, all the rewards that you receive on earth will one day perish. But, by serving Christ, you can gain eternal, imperishable, and incorruptible rewards. I invite you to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Allow me to show you how you can do that right now.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.